Tim Vogel was looking forward to meeting up with Corey Haim in Toronto in two months to discuss their upcoming film together. He spoke to RadarOnline.com shortly after learning about Haim's death, expressing sadness and surprise regarding the actor's potential drug overdose.
"I thought the drugs were a thing of the past," Vogel said. Despite getting criticism from potential financiers about Haim's faded star power, Vogel was adamant he was right for the lead in his upcoming film SAD (Standard American Diet).
"I knew about him, everyone warned me about his past. Everyone has one and no one was giving him a second chance," the director added. "I got the impression he was on the right track."
In fact, according to Vogel, Haim was motivated to get his life and career in order and sought out the filmmakers about the role after coming across it on movie database website IMDB.
"Corey was getting his life back together. He was very excited to get his career back on track...he was looking forward to getting back into the mainstream."
Vogel was so excited about Haim that they were even thinking about working on a second project together that was a romantic comedy.
SAD (Standard American Diet) is a film criticizing the pharmaceutical industry and the media machine that keeps it in business. Despite being on the backburner for scheduling and financing reasons, Vogel says the project was very much still a go as of December when he spoke to Haim's manager.
"I was going to meet with Corey. We were going to try and meet up in spring...in the next couple of months in Toronto."